Alumni Success

Kent State SLIS alumni are leaders in many aspects of the information profession. Below are a few recent examples. Read more about our alumni on the SLIS website.

Bridgette A. Billingslea, M.L.I.S. ‘12, M.S. ‘13 (Health Informatics), Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was recently promoted to patient access supervisor at University Hospitals of Cleveland. In this role, she supervises 10 clinical and administrative staff members at four outpatient ambulatory medical centers throughout Northeast Ohio. A fifth clinic site is currently under construction. She is responsible for logistics and site planning, hiring and training the staff for each site, coordination of training for each specialty clinic’s EMR launch, purchasing medical supplies and equipment, and leasing clinical space to specialty physicians.

Jeff Mixter, M.L.I.S. ’13, M.S. ’13 (Knowledge Management), Columbus, Ohio, a software engineer in OCLC Research, is co-author of the book Library Linked Data in the Cloud: OCLC’s Experiments with New Models of Resource Description. He also was a featured presenter at the OCLC Symposium: Millennials in Transition at the American Library Association’s 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco. Mixter is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in communication and information at Kent State, with a focus on library and information science. 

Kevin Ray, M.L.I.S. ‘10, from Cleveland, Ohio, a 2010 Kent State M.L.I.S. graduate, received the 2014 I Love My Librarian Award, a collaborative program of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times and the American Library Association. Only 10 librarians were honored, and Ray was the only winner from Ohio. A children’s librarian at Cleveland Public Library, Ray is working to build a new teen center.

Stevo Roksandic, M.L.I.S ’08, Columbus, Ohio, was named a 2015 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. He received 10 nominations for the honor, which highlighted his innovations as regional director, Library Services, Mount Carmel Health System, Columbus, Ohio. For example, Roksandic created the Consumer Health Library (CHL), which opened in 2011 to provide “free, in-person and virtual health and wellness information to central Ohio residents. Within two years, the small office became so established that the Mount Carmel Foundation made the CHL a major part of its newly developed Community Health Resource Center. The facility also attracted attention from the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine, which gave CHL a technology improvement award to purchase laptops and a hot spot for teaching community classes on how to find reliable health information online. Roksandic also established library-on-demand services, which deliver requested circulating materials and online education materials to MCHS’s six operating sites and two campuses 24-7, 365 days a year.” (Library Journal website)